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i have a broken ankle or sprained ankle~, what to do?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Xray to see fracture: You need to undergo a thorough anl/leg examination by a health care provider to see whether an xray is indicated.

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A 19-year-old member asked:

How do I know if my ankle is sprain or broken?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Can't walk if broken: You can still walk on a sprained ankle, although it may be very swollen and even feel unstable if the sprain is severe. A sprain means that you have torn ligament fibers. With a broken (fractured) ankle the bones are unstable. The sharp, broken edges pull on the sensitive tissues surrounding the bone and cause extreme pain. With this combination it is usually too painful to stand, much less walk.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a sprain versus a broken ankle?

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Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
Bone involvement: When you sprain your ankle there is no bone involved. Usually the ligaments and sometimes in severe cases the tendons of your ankle are hurt during a sprain, when when you break your ankle, a bone in your ankle is broken.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Broken ankle or just a sprain, what's the difference?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can my sprained ankle be broken?

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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Possibly: A sprained ankle may initially have negative x-rays. With continued pain and swelling without improvement, an MRI might show a non displaced fracture.

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